Around a year ago, we found out that food was going to be banned in classes, and it has been a rule in place ever since. This rule is absurd for a number of reasons.
Firstly, I’ll start with the main counter argument I’m given when expressing my opinion. Most people will say, “Well, what if someone is allergic? What if they could die?” Well, according to ScienceDaily.com, you are much more likely to die from murder than an allergy. The odds of a minor dying from this is 1 in 3.25 million. Yeah, I’m sure some of you are going to be like…so it’s not worth the risk. But, if you think about it, we do much riskier things in this very school that are statistically more likely to kill you, and we put 0 thought into it.
The odds of dying from playing football are 1 in 50,000, according to Dailyinfographics.com. Accidents are the leading cause of death in minors, and auto accidents are the leading cause of accidental deaths according to Medlineplus.org. Only one person in an Olmsted County study on allergies died. The cause of death is that his his throat swelled up while exercising: “Yet we see schools calling for bans on peanuts, not gym class–even though, as Dr. Christakis points out in his BMJ article, about 10,000 children are hospitalized each year for sports-related traumatic brain injuries.” You’re also more likely to die from chores at home, like from a lawnmower, according to the Huffington Post. So it’s pretty darn clear that allergy deaths are way less common than we think.
Now I’m sure some of you will be thinking, But snacking is bad and unhealthy and a distraction. Well, all of these claims can be easily debunked. First of all, hunger is the body’s way of telling you that you need fuel. A rumbling stomach in class is definitely a distraction. You can only focus on the discomfort of your stomach, counting down the minutes tick by until lunch.
Many students need food; my informal study (I interviewed 10 NSMS students about whether or not they eat breakfast on schools days), showed that 70% of kids skip breakfast on school days. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to WebMD, many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.” So it’s clearly not a distraction to us. It doesn’t matter when you fuel up, it’s essential for your mind to eat.
Food also, lastly, gives us happiness. Teachers used to reward students with food, and that gave us reasons to look forward to school and have a reason to enjoy it. The evidence is crystal clear; Food should be allowed.